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Old Monday 27th January 2020, 11:37   #39326
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From the Flashes this morning Andy P reports:

Oystercatcher, Jack Snipe, 11 Curlew, 3 Snipe, 16 Lapwing, 9 Shelduck, 24 Teal

Also 2 singing Skylarks - new for the year - over the ploughed field adjacent to the Flashes as per Andy A.
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Also 2 singing Skylarks - new for the year - over the ploughed field adjacent to the Flashes as per Andy A.
This year can we ask all visitors to Upton Warren to please make a concerted effort in recording the number and location of singing Skylarks (normally overlooked in reporting) om both sides of the reserve so we can gain a better understanding of the local status of this struggling farmland bird.
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Old Monday 27th January 2020, 18:52   #39328
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Hi all

The two mute swans at the Flashes both had red rings - could not see the numbers - weather was terrible!

The only large gulls I could see were 4 LBB and the juvenile pic attached, I am not good enough with gulls to identify!
I would say 1st winter LBBG 👌
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Old Monday 27th January 2020, 18:54   #39329
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Work party tomorrow

We will again be at the Moors pool...so for anyone planning to visit the reserve...I would suggest go to Moors after 1 as the car park will probably be full.
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Old Monday 27th January 2020, 18:57   #39330
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Arrived at Moors at 0630 in an attempt to bag a tawny but no luck...so the best of the rest were

Moors 0630-1030
Greylag (25)
Shelduck (6)
Shoveler (14)
Gadwall (4)
Teal (34)
Pochard (1 male)
Tufted (48)
Lapwing (57)
Snipe (18)
Cormorant (11)
Kingfisher (1)
Cetti's (1)
Song Thrush (2)
Redwing (3)
Fieldfare (4)

Flashes 1100-1300
Shelduck (9... presumably including those from moors)
Teal (26)
Oystercatcher (1)
Curlew (10)
Skylark (a pair briefly displaying over ploughed field)
Chiffchaff (2)
Goldcrest (1)
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Old Monday 27th January 2020, 21:59   #39331
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Belated news of an adult Mediterranean Gull (ring on left leg: '37L3' but colour unreported) at the Moors Pool on the 16th as per Chas Owen and John Morton.
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Old Monday 27th January 2020, 23:20   #39332
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Belated news of an adult Mediterranean Gull (ring on left leg: '37L3' but colour unreported) at the Moors Pool on the 16th as per Chas Owen and John Morton.
How do you not note the colour?!?

Anyway, the only scheme I can find with four characters beginning with a 3 is a Belgian/Dutch scheme. If it is that one it would have been a white ring with black numbers/letters.
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Old Tuesday 28th January 2020, 08:20   #39333
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How do you not note the colour?!?

Anyway, the only scheme I can find with four characters beginning with a 3 is a Belgian/Dutch scheme. If it is that one it would have been a white ring with black numbers/letters.
The colour may have been noted, just not referenced in the report on Worcester Birding. I drew the same conclusion that it was likely to be a Belgian scheme sporting a white ring. I will drop a line to the scheme coordinator.
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Lost Brooch

I found a small silver brooch on the floor in the main Flashes hide this afternoon. If the owner reads this and can describe the brooch I will make arrangements for it to be returned somehow.
Unfortunately no Barn Owl while I was there.
Great day at the work party bye the way - great camaraderie, achievement for the reserve, fresh air, exercise and cake !! a fulfilling way to spend a Tuesday morning.
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Thanks john - I did wonder LBBG.

Any ideas about the ringed Mute Swans?
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Today's work party at Moors

Thanks to all 27 of the crew today..another great effort.

The tall leggy blackthorn thicket between the 2 west hides was pruned today. This is for two reasons firstly to create a better 'thick' scrub for nesting birds and to reinvigorate the flora. Secondly to improve the views from the Jacobs hide over the north end of the Moors pool and reed beds. ( we will complete this next week).
The screen right of the water rail hide will also be refurbished.The spindle trees were left untouched.

The willows growing on the ridge north of water rail hide were coppiced to improve views and encourage the bramble scrub to flourish.

The section of blackthorn hedgerow in the NE corner of the North Moors trail was pruned downto 3 foot. The reason for this was to allow light into the newly coppiced blackthorn thicket and to improve views of the scrubby area from nearby bench. Nesting birds will also benefit from a thicker stronger hedge.

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Alan D. Andy A. Bob G. Bob O. Bobby P. Bob R. Charles. Chris S. Dave H. Dave (Nick's mate). Ellen A. Graham L. Ian B. Ian J. Ian R. John H. Julie W. Keith M. Kim W. Nick F. Ray C. Roger S. Steve T. Sue T. Terry W . Tony B and me
Thanks to Sue for cakes

Next week back at Moors Julie and Bobby are cake making

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Birding the Reserve Today

MOORS
GCG. Little grebe 3. Cormorant 16. Mute swan 4. Greylag 11.
Shoveler 27. Gadwall 6. Teal 45. Shelduck 9.
Tufted 40.
Coot 10 max!.
Snipe 25 (then 50+ were flushed from the lagoon) during a 'swan battle'. Jack snipe. Lapwing 70+.
BHG 500+ moving south am.
Kestrel. Sparrowhawk male.
Kingfisher. Green woodp. Great sp woodp x2.
Redwing 2. Song thrush 4singing.
Coal tit. Bullfinch 2. Chaffinch 3. Greenfinch 8. Cetti's 3 along west side.
Reed bunting 5.
Stonechat seen from west side viewpoint in sedge by Keith Moore early afternoon

FLASHES
Mute swan 2. Greylag 30. Canada's 80.
Little egret 3 flew over north field to roost at sailing pool.
Teal 10. Mallard 35. Tufted 30. Shelduck 9.
Coot 13.
Snipe 6. Jack snipe landed in front of hide late on. Curlew 11. Lapwing 7. No green sand even though I stayed until 5.50pm.
Gull roost BHG 1100. LBBG 1. Common gull sporting a very dark grey hood.
Buzzard 2. Barn Owl briefly flew across the front of the hide heading north.
Stonechat female in meadow right of sewage works.

Info...The sailing pool is being treated with 20 tonnes of a chalk compound to counteract the blue green algae. This has been recommended by Natural England...so birds will be affected due to disturbance ie GCG will move out temporarily.
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Old Wednesday 29th January 2020, 09:28   #39338
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This morning at the Flashes Andy P reports:

Oystercatcher, Green Sandpiper, 11 Curlew, 25 Lapwing, 9 Shelduck, 35 Teal, c150 Canada Geese, 14 Greylag Geese, c300 BH Gull, 4 LBB Gull, Barn Owl at 7:10am
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Belated news of an adult Mediterranean Gull (ring on left leg: '37L3' but colour unreported) at the Moors Pool on the 16th as per Chas Owen and John Morton.
A very speedy response from the ringing scheme (under 12 hours - British projects take note!!) reveals the bird was actually ringed in Denmark. It is well travelled individual, including a visit to Sandwell Valley late last year as per our very own Craig Reed. Will post the full history this evening.
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Muntjac Deer and Stonechat on the west side of the Moors Pool as per Jason Wills.

Also Otter along by boardwalk by the Hen Brook at the Flashes.
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Also at the Moors Pool late morning was a Lesser Black-backed Gull with a white ring 9N6C printed in red. There was a colon (:) between the 6 and the C, which shows as an angry face thus 9N6 when I post! I've looked at what I think is the most recent spreadsheet relating to ringed gulls and can't find it listed on there.
Thanks to Mike W for tracing this bird - it was ringed as a full adult in Victoria Park, Glasgow on the 14th July 2019 with no subsequent reports until it was sighted at Upton.

The ringing project coordinator commented "...this is one of only a handful of UK "winter" records for our LBB's with over 2,500 colour ringed since 2012"

Worth keeping an eye out for other birds from this scheme such as CUJimmy....
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Today's highlights:

MOORS/N MOORS*
Lapwing (49)-----------------Snipe (min of 80). Flushed by a Buzzard.
Little Egret (3)---------------Shoveler (26)
Teal (24)----------------------Tufted Duck (35).
Water Rail--------------------Gadwall (6)*(2)
Greylag Goose (8)-----------Shelduck (8). Ten roosted at the Flashes.
Cormorant (18)--------------B H Gull (c200)
Herring Gull (3)--------------L B B Gull (6)
Little Grebe (2)--------------Cetti's Warbler
Coal Tit-----------------------Fieldfare/Redwing (c40). Mainly Redwing.
Pheasant (8)

FLASHES:
Curlew (11)------------------Oystercatcher
B H Gull (c1000)-------------Tufted Duck (32). Arrived at 17.30, presumably from the Moors.
Barn Owl.Seen at 17.05 perched on the boundary fence at the 3rd Flash before flying close in front of the hide and then north.

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Belated news of an adult Mediterranean Gull (ring on left leg: '37L3' but colour unreported) at the Moors Pool on the 16th as per Chas Owen and John Morton.
The full history of this bird is as follows:

Ringed in the nest as a pullus on the 16th June 2013 at Esbjer, Syddanmark, Denmark with the following resightings

14/11/2013 - Rostellan; Aghada; Cork; IRELAND 51,5N 8,11W
02/02/2014 - Whitegate; Aghada; Cork; IRELAND 51,49N 8,14W
05/02/2014 - Whitegate; Aghada; Cork; IRELAND 51,49N 8,14W
16/03/2014 - Whitegate; Aghada; Cork; IRELAND 51,49N 8,14W
01/05/2014 - Gibraltar Point; Lincolnshire; England; United Kingdom 53,06N 0,19E
10/03/2015 - Farsid; Aghada; Cork; IRELAND 51,51N 8,12W
17/03/2015 - Whitegate; Aghada; Cork; IRELAND 51,49N 8,14W
20/08/2016 - beach of Fanoe; Fanø; Syddanmark; DENMARK 55,25N 8,21E
12/07/2018 - Total; Antwerpen; Antwerpen; Flanders; BELGIUM 51,15N 4,19E (feeding one young)
24/07/2018 - Carrigaline; Cork; IRELAND 51,49N 8,23W
27/12/2019 - RSPB Sandwell Valley; West Midlands; England; United Kingdom 52,32N 1,57W
16/01/2020 - Upton Warren; Worcestershire; England; United Kingdom 52,18N 2,06W
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And another ringed gull return - this time the Black-headed Gull sporting white ring with black code 2L90 that was at the Flashes on the 11th August 2019.

It was ringed at Bowness in Cumbria on the 18th November 2016 Bowness with the following resightings:

30/07/18 Bowness, Cumbria (1 yr 254days)
11/09/18 Bowness, Cumbria (1 yr 297days)
13/12/18 Bowness, Cumbria (2 yrs 25days)
22/12/18 Bowness, Cumbria (2 yrs 34days)
04/02/19 Bowness, Cumbria (2 yrs 78days)
28/10/19 Bowness, Cumbria (2 yrs 344days)
05/11/19 Bowness, Cumbria (2 yrs 352days)
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From the Flashes this morning Phil W reports:

Barn Owl, Oystercatcher, 2 Snipe, 1 Jack Snipe, 11 Curlew, 9 Shelduck, 20 Lapwing, 22 Teal.
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From the Moors Pool this morning Phil W reports:

60+ Snipe, 21 Tufted Duck, 18 Shoveler, 20 Teal, 1 pair of Gadwall, 2 Little Grebe, Oystercatcher (believed to be the Flashes bird), Cetti's Warbler
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Report in the Moors Pool log book of a second winter gull yesterday - either pure Med or Med x Black-headed.
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From the Flashes early on Andy P reports:

3 Oystercatchers early morning, 10 Curlew, 2 Snipe, 36 Lapwing, 10 Shelduck, 2 Mute Swan, 180 Canada Geese, 30 Greylag Geese, c500 BH Gull, 8 LBB Gull, 3 Buzzard, Barn Owl briefly at about 0720.
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Report in the Moors Pool log book of a second winter gull yesterday - either pure Med or Med x Black-headed.
Hybrid Med x BH Gull again at the Moors Pool as per Andy P; also 2 Stonechat.
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Hybrid Med x BH Gull again at the Moors Pool as per Andy P; also 2 Stonechat.
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